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Gonzaga Scholars Ciaffa, Osborne Discuss ‘What Can We Learn From Nietzsche?’ March 25 on Campus


(from left) Julius (Jay) Ciaffa, associate professor of philosophy, and Anthony A. (Tony) Osborne, professor of communication arts.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s popular “What Can We Learn?” lecture series, which focuses on valuable lessons from great thinkers of the past, continues this spring with the discussion, “What Can We Learn from Nietzsche?” The free public event starts at 7 p.m., Monday, March 25 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

Gonzaga faculty Anthony A. (Tony) Osborne, professor of communication arts, and Julius (Jay) Ciaffa, associate professor of philosophy, will provide insights into the life and work of Nietzsche. Osborne will address Nietzsche as a culture critic and an advocate of self-transformation. Ciaffa’s talk will address implications for faith and justice of Nietzsche’s life-affirming philosophy.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences and philosophy Professor Wayne Pomerleau in his capacity as the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Chair of the Humanities.

Osborne, who came to Gonzaga in 2002, earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan, master’s degrees from Columbia University and Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State. Ciaffa, who came to Gonzaga in 2006, earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Chico, a master’s from Tulane University, and his doctorate from Tulane.

This marks the ninth consecutive year of this lecture series, which has focused on historical figures including: Socrates, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jane Austen, Abraham Lincoln, William James, William Shakespeare, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, Confucius and Lao Tzu, John Muir and Aldo Leopold, Herodotus and Thucydides, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The most recent event in this series, presented Oct. 23, 2012, was titled, “What Can We Learn from St. Ignatius of Loyola?”

This academic year marks the 125th Anniversary Celebration for Gonzaga University and the Centennial Celebration for the Gonzaga University School of Law. Visit the following link for an overview of all Gonzaga 125th Anniversary and Gonzaga Law Centennial events, historical timeline, stories, videos, downloads and more.

For more information, please contact Professor Wayne Pomerleau at (509) 313-6750 or via e-mail.

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